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For many, Cinco de Mayo is a day to grab a margarita with friends. But, The 5th day in May actually is a day to celebrate and commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, the United States celebrates the Mexican culture and heritage with parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals. Below are the top Cinco de Mayo events in LA.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street
845 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90012

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles kicks off with a traditional celebration with mariachis, piñatas, folklorico dancers and much more. The 84th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival at Olvera Street starts at 12pm to 8pm on Saturday May 3rd and continues until 10pm on Sunday, May 4th. Free music from artists such as Rogelio Martinez, Banda Costena, Las Voces Del Rancho, Banda Maguey, Sonora Santanera, Los Mismos, Jose Pantoja and many more will be on site for the festival. On another stage, enjoy mix DJ’s with pop, dance and urban music. Cafes, restaurants, and food trucks will also be on site. The event begins at 12pm on Saturday.

See all Cinco de Mayo events on CBS LA.


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